Lakewood Tree Sale


3/1/23: This year's tree sale is SOLD OUT. Thank you for supporting Lakewood's efforts to increase the urban tree canopy.

To increase Lakewood’s urban tree canopy Lakewood residents are invited to purchase trees at a deep discount during this spring tree sale. Planting trees enhances the community by providing shade and cooling the environment. The sale starts March 1 at 9 a.m.; trees will be available until March 31, or while supplies last. 

Ten diverse species of trees will be available including Maple, Catalpa, Hackberry, Redbud, Coffee Tree, Oak, Cyprus and Linden. Each species provides its own unique color and characteristics. Trees vary in height and weight but you can expect them to be between 6 and 12 feet in height and about 50 pounds in weight. We strongly encourage residents to select the right tree for the right place. If residents have questions on the trees for sale, they can email City Forester Luke Killoran at for more information.

Please see below for a complete list of trees for sale. Cost is $25 per tree; limit of 4 trees per household. If you buy more than 1 tree, you must buy 4 different species of tree. 

Program Requirements

  • The Lakewood Tree Sale is only open to Lakewood residents.
  • Trees must be planted within city limits.
  • All trees must be pre-purchased. Trees will not be sold at the tree pick up.
  • All tree sales are final, refunds are not available.

Purchase online or over the phone at 303-987-7800.

Purchase Online Tree Type Guide Tree Planting Guide

Tree Species for Sale

Limited quantities of each tree are available while supplies last.

  • Trees will be distributed in #7 pots (about the size of a 5-gallon bucket).
  • Trees will be between ¾-1” caliper in inches.
  • Trees will be between 4-12’ tall and 25-50lbs.





Maple, Hot Wings Tatarian

Acer tataricum


Catalpa, Northern

Catalpa speciosa



Celtis occidentalis



Cercis canadensis


Coffee tree, Espresso, Kentucky

Gymnocladus dioicus


Oak, Swamp White

Quercus bicolor


Oak, Bur

Quercus macrocarpa


Oak, Chinkapin

Quercus muehlenbergii


Cyprus, Bald

Taxodium distichum


Linden, American Sentry

Tilia americana


Pick up Instructions

  • Pick up will only be available on Saturday, April 15, 2023 between 7 a.m.-noon.
  • Pick up at the Lakewood Greenhouse at 9556 W Yale Ave.
  • Lakewood staff are unable to hold trees.
  • Lakewood staff will be available to assist with loading.
  • Free mulch will be available for participants. 


Planting and Care

When planting trees, please consider:

  • All newly planted trees require regular watering, applied in all seasons, for three-four years after planting.
  • Consider mature heights and widths when choosing species for specific planting locations. 


The Colorado Tree Coalition provides the following guidelines for planting trees. 

Plant: Top of root flare should be 1-3" higher than original grade.

Prune: Remove any dead, damaged or interfering branches.

Staking: Use flat straps or webbing around the tree's stem. Stakes should be firmly place in the undisturbed soil.

Rootball: Handle carefully. Remove wrappings (burlap, plastic, wire basket, twine, etc.) from at least the top half.

Mulch: Add wood chips or similar over root ball area 3-4" deep. Keep away from stem.




Measure a depth of the root ball from the top to the base.

Dig a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the root ball or container. Make it saucer shaped. Depth of hold should be about 1-3" shallower than the root ball.

Set the tree in the center of the hole. Remove wrapping (burlap, plastic, wire basket, twine, et.) from at least the top half of the root ball. Remove as much of the wrapping material as possible without damaging the ball. Check container grown plants for girdling roots. Cut them or spread them into planting hole. 

Backfill with original soil. Adding and mixing organic matter into the backfill is okay, about 10%. Gently firm the backfill material as it is placed in the hole. Do not compact it. Watering helps settle the soil. If enough soil is available, build a small berm/dam around the hole to help hold water and mulch. Check for settling after a couple hours. 

Staking may be necessary if tree stem does not seem secure. Add two stakes about 18-24" from stem. Make sure the stakes are secured in original soil for stability. Attach flat webbing on the lower half of the stem. Secure webbing to stakes with twine. Allow for some flexibility. No twine or wire around the plan stem!

Mulch around the planting hole with wood chips or similar product to a depth of 3-4". Mulch conserves moisture and reduces grass and weed growth. Keep mulch a few inches away from the tree stem. 


Video Instructions: Planting Containerized Trees






  • Wednesday, March 01, 2023 | 09:00 AM - Friday, March 31, 2023 | 09:00 AM


Pick up at the Lakewood Greenhouse.

9556 W Yale Ave, 80227, View Map

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